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July 20th, 2016

Dimitrov, Bouchard, Defending Champ Stephens Fall In D.C.; Fritz v Zverev Today; Venus In Stanford

Teens Alexander Zverev and Taylor Fritz collide this afternoon in steamy Washington D.C.

Posted by Staff @ 9:32 am in Stanford, Washington | 4 Comments »

July 18th, 2016

Isner, Stosur Headline Men’s, Women’s Fields at Washington Citi Open

CITI OPEN Washington, D.C., USA; Surface: hard ADHEREL Men’s Seeds: John Isner, Gael Monfils, Bernard Tomic, Benoit Paire, Steve Johnson, Jack Sock, Alexander Zverev, Sam Querrey, Kevin Anderson, Viktor Troicki, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Grigor Dimitrov, Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Muller, Marcos Baghdatis, Borna Coric Men’s Floaters: none Men’s Notes: No Top 10ers, but three Top 20 players…The [...]

Posted by Staff @ 12:55 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 27th, 2016

Kvitova, Stephens Make Ugly Exits at French Open; Williams Sisters Saturday

Also with upsets were Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova beating a lack-luster No. 19 Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1, and in a battle of former finalists No. 21 Sam Stosur ousting No. 11 Lucie Safarova in a marathon 6-3, 6-7(0), 7-5.

Posted by Staff @ 4:30 pm in French Open, Tennis | 16 Comments »

May 23rd, 2016

Muguruza, Seeds Stretched on Cold, Windy Day at French Open; Serena, Venus Tuesday

“It was cold and windy,” said Radwanska, who will next meet France’s Caroline Garcia. “That’s why it was a little bit slow and the ball is not going anywhere. I think we [are] all kind of used to that after couple of days here. The conditions are same for both of us.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:11 pm in French Open | 1 Comment »

May 16th, 2016

Preview: ATP, WTA Players Look for Mojo Heading Into French Open

Tough starts for (9) Stephens vs. Vekic and (9) Cornet vs. Kudryavtseva…The storm of players pulling from the field included Daria Gavrilova, Camila Giorgi, Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki…

Posted by Staff @ 1:44 am in Tennis | No Comments »

April 11th, 2016

Stephens Stops Vesnina Run at WTA Charleston; Cibulkova Wins in Poland

“I love red clay, so starting in Madrid, I think I’ll have a lot of fun and just look forward to the French Open,” she says. “Obviously coming into [Charleston], I have a lot of anxiety coming into this tournament because I’ve never done well here. I just thought, you know, I’m just going to go have fun.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:30 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 3rd, 2016

Kerber, Bencic, Venus Lead Charleston; WTA Previews This Week

Two Top 10ers in the field, in addition to two former No. 1s…The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (9) Jankovic vs. Garcia and (3) Venus Williams vs. Riske…Wildcards were awarded to Americans Frances Altick, Louisa Chirico and Shelby Rogers…

Posted by Staff @ 4:12 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

March 24th, 2016

Sluggish Serena Wins In 3, Stephens Crushed; Kerber Tries To Win A Set Friday In Miami

Eight-time champion Serena Williams had to go three to get past Christina Mchale in her Miami opener.

Posted by Staff @ 11:54 pm in Miami | 14 Comments »

March 21st, 2016

Miami Open Tennis Women’s Preview: One Mind-blowing Quarter

As Ray Moore might say, ‘There are a lot of attractive ladies out there — umm, competitively attractive…oh crap, I’ve done it again.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:30 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 8th, 2016

Serena Leads, Sharapova Drugged Out of Indian Wells; Preview

What, too early for Maria jokes?

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:25 pm in Tennis | 30 Comments »

February 28th, 2016

Thiem the Future, Stephens Stays Relevant at ATP/WTA Acapulco

Both the first- and second-set fights were a turn-around for Tomic, nicknamed “The Tank Engine,” who a week earlier in Delray Beach admittedly gave up in his first-round match after losing the first set to American journeyman Rajeev Ram.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:03 pm in Tennis | 18 Comments »

January 18th, 2016

World No. 1 Serena Wins, 7 Seeds Don’t; Stephens Rants on Day 1 at Australian Open

“After Auckland everyone was like ‘Oh, we can support Sloane again because she’s playing good and she’s looking good and we need to get back on that bandwagon because we kind of abandoned her,’” said Stephens, who has 36 unforced errors, or two per game, over two sets. “And then you lose and they go back to ‘She doesn’t work hard, she’s not committed, she doesn’t love the game.’

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

January 9th, 2016

Azarenka, Radwanska, Stephens Claim WTA Titles in Saturday Finals

For her week’s effort the Pole will move up to No. 4 on the rankings, passing Maria Sharapova for what will be the seedings at the Australian Open. She improved to 18-7 in career finals, winning her fourth title since last year’s US Open. Riske fell to 1-1 in career WTA finals.

Posted by Staff @ 11:37 am in Brisbane | 3 Comments »

January 2nd, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal Lead Loaded Doha; ATP/WTA Week 1 Previews

Federer has won the most singles titles of any player in Doha, and is a perfect 3-0 in finals…Ferrer beat Berdych in last year’s final…Nadal, who is playing doubles with Verdasco, has won the most doubles titles of anyone at the event with four (2005,’09,’11,’15)…Former singles champs in the field are Ferrer (2015), Nadal (2014), and Federer (2011,’06-05).

Posted by Staff @ 8:56 pm in Tennis | 52 Comments »

December 29th, 2015

Sloane Stephens Splits with Coach Saviano After Streaky 2015

“Sloane and I will not be working together on the tour in 2016,” Saviano announced. “Coaching Sloane this past year at the major events and having her achieve outstanding results, in particular, winning her first WTA tour event in Washington, D.C. was extremely rewarding and enjoyable.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:10 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »